The Transition to a Green Economy Must Include Better Safety Standards for Workers

THE TRANSITION TO A GREEN ECONOMY MUST INCLUDE BETTER SAFETY STANDARDS FOR WORKERS — UN New York, Apr 28 2012 11:05AM Protecting the safety and health of workers across the world must be part of transitioning into a green economy, the United Nations stressed today, warning that while sustainable jobs …

Webinar: The Importance of Manufacturing in America

Webinar: The Importance of Manufacturing in America Dear Friends, Join us for a webinar on April 11, 2012 on ‘The Importance of Manufacturing in America’. Learn about efforts at the federal and state level to encourage the resurgence of manufacturing in the U.S. as well programs that provide preferences for …

GEO-5 Summary Highlights Continued Deterioration of the Global Environment

GEO-5 Summary Highlights Continued Deterioration of the Global Environment 20_February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the Global Environment Outlook-5 (GEO-5) Summary for Policy Makers, which was negotiated and endorsed by governments on 31 January 2012. The summary was released as a prelude to the full report, which …

Icelandic Anger Brings Debt Forgiveness in Best Recovery Story

Hat tip to our colleague Paul H. Ray! The population of Iceland did not bail out their rapacious banks and financial pirates and lo and behold, Iceland is back on track — in contrast to Greece whose leaders have capitulated. There is a lesson in here, both for the Greeks …

Global Economy Expanded More Slowly Than Expected In 2011

Global Economy Expanded More Slowly Than Expected In 2011 Brigid Fitzgerald Reading www.earth-policy.org/indicators/C53/economy_2012 Earth Policy Release Eco-Economy Indicator February 16, 2012 Eco-Economy Indicators are twelve trends that the Earth Policy Institute tracks to measure progress in building a sustainable economy. Given the way the world now does business, economic growth …

How are Canadians Really Doing?

We are living through complicated times in world economics, leaving many feeling uncertain about what the future holds. Canada seems to be faring better than many countries, which raises the question: is this true and if so, why? Asking these questions highlights a weakness in how we currently measure the …

Learning from China: Why the Existing Economic Model Will Fail

Learning from China: Why the Existing Economic Model Will Fail www.earth-policy.org/data_highlights/2011/highlights18 By Lester R. Brown Earth Policy Release Data Highlight September 8, 2011 For almost as long as I can remember we have been saying that the United States, with 5 percent of the world’s people, consumes a third or …

Envisioning a Global Economic Dashboard

A publication from The Economist Economic futurist Hazel Henderson offers alternative measures. A growing number of economists and policy makers argue that statistics such as gross domestic product (GDP) and gross national product (GNP) may be useful as snapshots of a nation’s total economic activity, but they are limited in …

Moving beyond GDP a European and national policy issue

A subject once discussed mainly by researchers and university scholars, the need to develop new indicators to better measure a nation’s prosperity and quality of life is now high on the agenda of European policy makers and national governments. This newsletter highlights recent developments in efforts to find measures that …